Questions tagged [wordplay]

A puzzle which incorporates a form of wordplay, such as puns, or which requires wordplay in order to find the solution.

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Misspelled Movies

Continuing in the Twisted TV Titles and TV Title Mondegreens vein, here are some Misspelled Movies. Each title is a homophone of (i.e. sounds the same as1) a real movie title, but is spelled and/or ...
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Just a simple riddle

You can see me running but no legs can be seen. I like to return to places I've just been. Sometimes I get all angry and mad. So I love to wrap up warm with my dad. Often I'll just jump left ...
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A Hard-Luck Farmer

I work on a farm, but it's not as romantic as you think: I need to wake up around sunrise to go to work, and I get paid just 4 pennies per minute. I had to take a second job to pay the bills. Honestly,...
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What is a Romeo Word™?

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.Template taken from Rubio. Finally made a formal What is a Word puzzle after the ...
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We are four brothers and two sisters. Who is our father in his seventies?

Q. What is our father's name, or rather our family name? Who is he? The more of our (first) names you unlock, the closer you are to finding out my father's name. After all, we are all related somehow!...
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My memory was erased by some external force. Where did I travel?

The higher-ups (my peers) in our company drop f-bombs all the time, so I'd had enough of them and decided to go on an journey, escaping the current situation. First, I headed south-east, and the first ...
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Same word fills all the blanks (2)

As a follow up to Same word fills all the blanks The same word or its split versions (no anagrams) fills all the blanks in the stanza below. I've taken slight liberty with grammar. Poor old Andy ...
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A 5 letter English word

A 5 letter English word. Remove the first letter, and you will get the name of a country. The last 3 letters give the opposite meaning of the word. What is the 5 letter word?
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Netflix Recommendations?

What should I watch on Netflix? Please help!! So many options...
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He Was Victorious (a short riddle)

He was victorious, say you, in a foreign tongue. He was almost there, he's a ring in the skin; A half-fisted stove; a snake by the nines. Christmas Eve now holds their endless odd gin. What is this ...
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Wordplay: I O _________ O A!

The word in the blank is a metal or a medal. This is a puzzle I thought of and haven't seen anywhere. Hopefully, it is up to the standards of this site.
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A Perfectly Reasonable Question

I talked with an employment counselor recently, and here are some of the findings: I'm amenable to stipulations in my contract regarding: Confidentiality Termination Clause I can be ...
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A much harder riddle - Nothing at all

By myself, a long word Innocent and true If you scramble me Dubious is the clue Again and you will Regret nothing at all Once more and I'm a person who overall Has nothing to use ...
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Who am I? (a riddle without a difference)

A lazy insect's friend am I My teeth are what you know me by Oft mistaken for my cousin Look close - she's fat while I am thin I know that I'm not worthy of leading Except sometimes in ...
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How many children?

My mother often has how many children? This is what I like to call a "one-line wonder". It's a very short riddle, and there are no clues in the title. Hope you enjoy! :) P.S. The answer is not
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Welcome aboard flight 5932

Welcome aboard flight 5932, and thanks for getting on this flight. In the unlikely case you need or want to abort this flight, you will find there are two exits both at the top of the plane. This ...
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Five-words (-----|||||)

Five-words: My first is a kind of cattle from Asia (more than one). My second is what a horse did to its victory if it just won a race on its own merit. My third is found together with a groom. My ...
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The Defining Moment

I'm not sure what to put here... but I'll do it regardless! ...
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How are my puzzles?

Today, I told my friend about Puzzling SE and sent him the link to some of my puzzles. His reply came, "Your puzzles are such a $50$ $96$ $5$". "What do you mean to say?" I asked. He sent me this: ...
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Bankers with rancor

Three colleagues at the bank are boasting to each other… Colleague 1: “Ask anybody – I’m clearly the best.” Colleague 2: “And how do you figure that?!” Colleague 1: “Well, just ...
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Finish the illustration's caption

Shown below is an excellent illustration from the obscure textbook "Aquatic Waterfowl and the Physical Properties that Govern Them," written by Quincy Adams Wagstaff. While the acclaimed professor of ...
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A Riddle, Unlike Beauty

A lance is unsheathed, a warning breathed, The battle lines starkly drawn Now slashes of red begin to spread. The innocent suffers on. What monstrous spawn has settled upon This field of ...
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Community Metapuzzle - The Broken Time Machine

(This is the community metapuzzle, discussed in this meta thread. It requires answers from nine other puzzles linked below.) You find a mysterious device sitting on the ground. It's labelled in a ...
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Preparing for the end of term performance

It's the first full week of term at Farthingbottom School and Portia, Felix, Primula and Randolph have arrived in the music room for their lesson. Professor N. Igma is nowhere to be seen, but he has ...
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Religious animals

Since I've been only answering so far, I figured I should try creating some puzzles of my own, too. Please be gentle. :-) Anyway, here's a rebus-like puzzle, but this time the answers are single ...
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Farmer needs to get his word across the river

In the spirit of the classic river-crossing puzzles: ...
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The little bee buzzes around the flower garden

Watch the little bee buzz around the flower garden. Pay particular attention to how he picks up or drops off pollen (i.e., a single letter) at each flower. Notice: — The little bee visits each ...
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Paraphrased lyrics 2

A sequel to Paraphrased song lyrics. Each entry in the list below represents a paraphrase of lyrics from (hopefully) well-known songs. Identify the original lyrics, along with the song they occurred ...
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Fortune tellers have dinner

I've seen these before somewhere (maybe here?), but they're all mixed up! Who/what is being described by the clues below? Consequence of a disastrous harvest What a mathematician might do to ...
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The Ringer - A Riddle

I am right; I am left. I am on; I am wrong. I am winter; I am heat. I am ahead; I am last. I am play; I am serious. I am wood; I am man. What am I?
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I don't have luck on my side, but I have fortune on my side. Who am I? And why?

Hi. My name is six letters long. Sometimes, women try to avoid me for fear of something – not for fear of me, mind you! But they find it hard to resist me and my charming tanned body. As weird as it ...
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What makes a man succeed?

What makes a man succeed, a host a captive, and a mess into something meaningful?
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A Puzzle With the Difficulty Level of Dessert

I have built an encoded message here. Read and ponder. In this particular case I have encoded the name of an American known all over. My method is simple. Don't be fooled. Although this is a short one,...
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Paint Selection Help Needed

My start is a girl, and so is my end. My middle might get bleeped, though it I could apprehend. What am I?
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V for Vendetta - Who am I?

This link here shows how many "Who am I?" riddles we already have on this site. Obviously, there are many of them and they're mostly riddles describing an object in some funny way. On checking the ...
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A secret reception

This is it. This is the night. Megina, a fellow puzzler, has been invited to a secret reception, by a secret society, in a secret place (yes, a lot of secrets). She has already discovered the place. ...
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Step into the Octagram

The diagram below shows a partially-filled "octagram". Step into it, if you dare! At every vertex in a long word. Flowing into every vertex are two short words. Anagrammed together, these two short ...
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2 countries name into 1 country name

Below I operate two countries name into a country name. The 3 countries must have different names. Determine how the operation works, then replace ?? with a country name. Example australia # poland = ...
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A rhyming riddle

My little sister came up with this riddle: Preposition, adverb, and suffix too, It relates in every situation to you. Veggies of the ground or fruit of a brood, Drop the first letter of ...
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A Riddle With a Transverse Twitch

Stand in waiting, patchwork thing. One addressed may comfort bring. Vision's ball. Soft layering. Crooked pipe form covering. Steamy drink: hive's fashioning? The answer is a single English ...
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The Pitiable Coder

One day, I found an odd newspaper lying on a bench called '$\large\bf\text{The Pitiable Coder}$'. I opened it and to my delight found an entire page on puzzles! Most were easy, but there was one I ...
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A puzzling conversation

“I’m thinking of a word,” said Lionel. His hands moved quietly while he spoke, setting pieces in their accustomed places. “It has two zeds in it.” “How puzzling,” said Adolf, allowing himself a ...
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Oh God! help me

I have just fluffed my exam. See, Grades don't matter to me but it apparently does to my parents and the head teacher who has asked me to write a letter explaining the reasons of my disastrous results....
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Why are these words suspicious?

Detective Jezerezeh has found a table of suspicious words: list teeth actions grammar saying information engage ballad terror Alabama exam What's so suspicious about them? Hint 1: I ...
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Surreal Dreaming in Wild Westworld

Of course you can skip this (somewhat long) bit and check out the deal below to see if it's worth your time. A couple of weeks ago, I had a weird dream. It's been lingering in my mind, and I need ...
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A Massive and Torrid Affair

Is my first part a bargain? Be careful! Not quite. My next, when it's scarlet, means something's not right. My third: to police, an invaluable tool Can my last bit be neutral? It can't, as a ...
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The first of three

I found this word to be quite poetic and saw @PerpetualJ's comment (saying to make another riddle), so here it is: It is the plot of many works All in one word The first step is to break it ...
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Seven levels through Europe

Let's take a little trip through Europe, shall we? Each level forms a word chain. Even-numbered levels (yellow) go clockwise, odd-numbered ones (white) go anticlockwise. Each level has an answer ...
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Pairs and pairs

I'm absolutely full of pairs, And that's why I'm important. If my owner's used to describe me, I'd be like just a pair of letters. With the first pair, I'm from a plant or animal. With the second ...
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Getting All Riled Up

Recently, there's been an awful lot of Riley riddles across PSE. Why are they so prolific? I think there's three main reasons: they're quick to write, quick to solve, and apart from its minor gimmick ...

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